Hotel rooms with internal doors in DC
January 21, 2020 11:38 AM   Subscribe

Heading to Washington DC with my husband and kid this summer for a couple of days. I vastly, vastly prefer a hotel room that has the sitting room (w/ pull out sofa) divided from the bedroom with an actual door. Not a half-wall, not a doorless hallway, a real actual door that shuts. It's often impossible to tell from room descriptions and photos whether or not this is the case. Have you stayed in such a room in DC? If so, where?

Doesn't need to be right downtown, but does need to be on a Metro line and too far out. Doesn't need a kitchenette (though I wouldn't kick one out of bed).
posted by soren_lorensen to Travel & Transportation around Washington, DC (18 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I don't have a specific hotel recommendation, but for search purposes, these are often named "suites" in hotel descriptions.

As for a chain, Embassy Suites hotels have all their rooms like this.
posted by hydra77 at 12:18 PM on January 21, 2020 [2 favorites]

Yup, suites generally are set up like this.
posted by quince at 12:25 PM on January 21, 2020 [1 favorite]

To pile on without providing any DC help... If they call it a junior suite, it's likely what you don't want-- a larger room with a separate seating area, maybe a half-wall or hallway, but likely without a door separating it from the bedroom.
posted by cosmonaught at 12:37 PM on January 21, 2020

FWIW, when looking for this exact thing in a different city, we looked for suites online (maybe with, and then before locking it in, just called the hotel directly to confirm that it really really had a door that closed.
posted by Phredward at 12:55 PM on January 21, 2020 [1 favorite]

Homewood Suites by Hilton are generally all suites and have a door between the bedroom and living room, plus a full kitchen.
posted by Sweetie Darling at 1:11 PM on January 21, 2020

+1 you want a suite. That's what I always search for and book because I need the same thing. Have booked across the entire country and have yet to go wrong using that term.
posted by rabbitrabbit at 1:12 PM on January 21, 2020 [1 favorite]

The Woodward on 15th St. NW has one bedroom apartmetns, that can be rented for short stays. The building was quiet, was well kept, is in a great location and had a rooftop patio with fantastic views.
posted by jennstra at 1:38 PM on January 21, 2020

I forgot to add, they have pullout sofa sleepers in the Woodward.
posted by jennstra at 1:43 PM on January 21, 2020

"Door privacy" is also a useful search term for this.
posted by gideonfrog at 1:56 PM on January 21, 2020

Try the Embassy Suites in DC on 10th Street (near the Convention Center) or the one in Georgetown. There is also one in Chevy Chase -- it is right on top of a metro station and in a great neighborhood, but it's a bit of a ride from downtown.
posted by mccxxiii at 2:00 PM on January 21, 2020

Can confirm that the Embassy Suites Convention Center has what you want - I've stayed there.

It's about an 8 minute walk to either the Metro Center station or the Mt Vernon Sq/7th St-Convention Center station which, between the two of them, gives you access to every line in the Metro system.
posted by theory at 2:10 PM on January 21, 2020

Response by poster: Thanks everyone! I asked because my experience is with hotels that call literally every room a "suite" because they shoved a sofa bed in the corner and I'm now very wary of just going by that term alone. Those are some good options above, though!
posted by soren_lorensen at 2:33 PM on January 21, 2020 [1 favorite]

also look for connecting rooms
posted by brujita at 2:37 PM on January 21, 2020

Holiday Inn Washington-College Park (I-95) was very pleasant several winters ago when traveling with a kid. The indoor pool had an attendant who was great, and the shuttle was happy to take us to the nearby Metro. We were there four nights, in between segments of a train trip, and had no car so we were at the mercy of the shuttle drivers. The staff was awesome, enough for someone who's spent hundreds of nights in hotels to call it a "top ten" experience.

Just looked and it seems they're calling them "1 bed 2 rooms with wet bar" and the prices are stupid expensive for those bookings.

Staybridge Suites is also excellent for this, but you do need to read the room descriptions carefully.

If it really matters to you, call the front desk and ask about the room configuration.
posted by jgreco at 3:01 PM on January 21, 2020

Home2 Suites by Hilton has exactly what you need. I have stayed in several in different states with a rambunctious 4 year old, and they are perfect.

You want to get the 'bedroom suite' -- it has a self-contained bedroom, a bathroom, and a large living room area with a pull out sofa bed. There is also a kitchen in each one, which is helpful. The bathroom has two doors -- one directly into the bedroom and one into the main living area. The bedroom also has a door directly into the living area. So basically, you can go into the bathroom without waking the sleeping kiddo on the sofa, but kiddo can also get into the bathroom without coming through your room.

The ones I've stayed in also had interconnecting rooms in the more traditional sense -- i.e., book two hotel rooms and there is a door between them. From what I've seen so far, every hotel has the exact same layout.
posted by EllaEm at 4:56 PM on January 21, 2020

Your keyword is "1 bedroom suite."

"Junior suites" (as noted above) and "studio suites" do not have fully-separate bedrooms.

DC and the close-in on-Metro suburbs have 50 or so of the national suite brands.,, and will cover your bases for searching -- select by the brands with "Suite" in the name + Residence Inn and Hyatt House.
posted by MattD at 5:14 PM on January 21, 2020

Thirding Embassy Suites. I've stayed in a room just like what you're describing. I also did not request such a room—it was a surprise upgrade. I paid only $129/night (this was in Dec. 2013) on Priceline. Not sure if you can specifically request a suite on Priceline though.
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 6:34 PM on January 21, 2020

The word "suite" is supposed to mean this but no longer does. I share the same preference and have literally found no way to tell whether I'm getting a real suite or just one large room from a hotel listing. I end up looking at photos online looking for evidence of a door or calling. "With a door that shuts" is the phrase that removes the ambiguity.

The Kimpton Monaco has rooms with proper shutting doors. It was a pretty good hotel but not perfect. Great location though.
posted by Nelson at 8:32 AM on January 22, 2020

« Older Looking for Parkinson's support groups/etc....   |   it's name that symptom time Newer »
This thread is closed to new comments.